AGARTALA: West Tripura district magistrate clamped curfew this evening following three hours long clash between Trinamool Congress and BJP supporters here.
As many as 12 persons including BJP Vice President Subal Bhowmik, Trinamool Student Wing’s leader Vicky Prasad, two photo journalists and two police men were injured in the incident. At least three vehicles were damaged in the attack of the violent mob.
However, Superintendent of Police (West) Abhijit Saptrasi said the situation is under control and authority has made extra deployment across the city and some politically sensitive locations of the district to avert any further flare up.
District Magistrate Dr Milindramtake said 144 of CrPC has been promulgated initially in Agartala and later extended to entire district as part of precautionary measure to maintain peace and tranquillity and said, “The assembly of three and more persons are prohibited in the district until further order.” BJP state committee leader Prasenjit Chakraborty told media that the madal president of BJP Bordowali (Agartala) Jayanta Dey was attacked by Sandeep Roybarman, the elder brother of Trinamool Congress MLA Sudip Roybarman this afternoon when he was erecting party flags and festoons nearby their house in the city.
“He was beaten up severely and shifted to hospital. Soon after getting the information BJP workers were rushed to the spot and TMC supporters carried out organised attack on them. Finally, when they were assembled in front of West Agartala police station seeking justice, TMC workers assaulted them in front of police,” Mr Chakraborty said.
BJP Vice President Bhowmik was injured when a TMC supporter pelted stone on him. However, police did not make any arrangement to shift him to hospital and three others of their supporters were injured in front of police but there was no provision for their evacuation in the hospital, he alleged. On the other, TMC MLA Sudip Roybarman alleged that there was a get together in a local club as part of celebration of holi and supporters of all parties were attended it as social gathering. Suddenly, BJP workers entered into the club and attacked them, which left three of them injured, he stated.
“BJP supporters were raising slogan of their victory in front of our house and triggered tension. By that time, the supporters of both the party started gathering in RMC Chowmuhani area. But our seniors disperse them and advised them to seek justice in the police station. When we reached here BJP supporters attacked us in front of police and security personnel were simply mute spectator,” Mr Roybarman said. However, both the party accused police of failing to control the situation rather insisted to volatile the condition. A vehicle without number plate ran through the mob left at least five persons injured in front of police.
The SP was reached almost half-an-hour after the incident and both the party pelted stone on each other. DIG (Range) U K Bhowmik reached the spot almost two hours after the incident and police charged baton at the end to disperse the crowd. Two photo journalists were injured in police baton and allegedly, police men assaulted them even after showing their camera and identity.
Both BJP and Trinamool accused police of the situation and alleged because of police inaction for long time the situation was aggravated. Both the party separately accused ruling left front of indulging the situation to create tension and unnecessarily blame the opposition parties.